The Director’s Seminar Series, which features panels of Princeton University faculty who deliberate core questions from a multidisciplinary and comparative perspective, was launched at the start of the 2022-2023 academic year by Deborah Yashar, the Donald E. Stokes Professor of Public and International Affairs and director of the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies.

This year’s unifying theme is Global Existential Challenges.

Global Existential Challenges: Democratic Challenges and Backsliding in the Global South
Sep 29, 2022, 12:00 pm1:30 pm

Atul Kohli, David K.E. Bruce Professor of International Affairs

Jeremy Adelman, Henry Charles Lea Professor of History, Cotsen Faculty Fellow, and director of the Global History Lab 

Jennifer Widner, professor of politics and international affairs and director of Innovations for Successful Societies

Location
Louis A. Simpson International Building, A71
Global Existential Challenges: Democratic Challenges and Backsliding in the Global North
Oct 27, 2022, 12:00 pm1:30 pm

Mark R. Beissinger, Henry W. Putnam Professor of Politics

Jan-Werner Müller, Roger Williams Straus Professor of Social Sciences and director of the Program in Political Philosophy

Kim L. Scheppele, Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs and the University Center for Human Values

Location
Louis A. Simpson International Building, A71
Video
Global Existential Challenges: Development and Precarity in Times of Global Crisis
Nov 17, 2022, 12:00 pm1:30 pm

Miguel Centeno, Musgrave Professor of Sociology, professor of sociology and Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, and vice dean at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs 

Thomas Fujiwara, associate professor of economics and public affairs and co-director of the Brazil Lab 

Leonard Wantchekon, James Madison Professor of Political Economy and professor of politics and international affairs 

Location
Louis A. Simpson International Building, A71
Video
Global Existential Challenges: Gender, Sexuality, and Reproductive Rights Around the Globe
Dec 8, 2022, 12:00 pm1:30 pm

Elizabeth M. Armstrong, associate professor of sociology and public affairs and head of Butler College

Tanushree Goyal, assistant professor of politics and international affairs

Kristopher Velasco, assistant professor of sociology

Location
Louis A. Simpson International Building, A71
Video
Global Existential Challenges: Global Order, War, and Weapons
Feb 9, 2023, 12:00 pm1:30 pm

Gary Bass, professor of politics and international affairs

Michael Gordin, the Rosengarten Professor of Modern and Contemporary History and director of the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts 

Zia Mian, research scientist and co-director of the Program in Science and Global Security

Location
Louis A. Simpson International Building, A71
Global Existential Challenges: Global Migration, National Borders, and In/Exclusion
Mar 2, 2023, 12:00 pm1:30 pm

Rafaela Dancygier, professor of politics and international affairs and director of the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice 

Filiz Garip, professor of sociology and public affairs 

Anna Stilz, the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Politics and the University Center for Human Values 

Location
Louis A. Simpson International Building, A71
Video
Global Existential Challenges: Environmental Challenges and Sustainability
Apr 6, 2023, 12:00 pm1:30 pm

João Biehl, Susan Dod Brown Professor of Anthropology and chair of the Department of Anthropology

Michael Oppenheimer, Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs and the High Meadows Environmental Institute and director of the Center for Policy Research on Energy and the Environment 

Anu Ramaswami, Sanjay Swani ’87 Professor of India Studies, professor of civil and environmental engineering, the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, and the High Meadows Environmental Institute, and director of the Chadha Center for Global India 

Elke Weber, Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment, professor of psychology and the School of Public and International Affairs, associate director for education for the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, and director of the Fung Global Fellows Program 

Location
Louis A. Simpson International Building, A71
Video
Global Existential Challenges: The Art(s) of Domination and Resistance
Apr 27, 2023, 12:00 pm1:30 pm

Karen Emmerich, associate professor of comparative literature and the director of the Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication 

Chika Okeke-Agulu, Robert Schirmer Professor of Art and Archaeology and African American Studies, director of the Program in African Studies, and director of the Africa World Initiative

Laurence Ralph, professor of anthropology 

Max Weiss, associate professor of history

Location
Louis A. Simpson International Building, A71